Marriott recently changed their cancellation policy for reservations booked at hotels in the United States, Canada, Caribbean and Latin America. "Guests will now be required to cancel their room reservation by midnight 48 hours prior to arrival in order to avoid a fee," Marriott International said in a statement.
Some of Marriott’s hotels already have a 48 to 72-hour cancellation policy in effect.
Reservations made prior to June 15, 2017 will not be effected by the new cancellation policy.
Passengers on flights to the United States from eight countries in the Middle East and Africa will not be allowed to bring any electronic devices larger than a smartphone onboard because of new security restrictions issued by the Department of Homeland Security.
The Transportation Security Administration notified Egyptair, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Turkish Airlines that passengers will have to check iPads, kindles, laptops and other devices before going through security or boarding because of safety concerns.
“Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items,” DHS said in a statement Tuesday morning. “Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Transportation Security Administrator Acting Administrator Huban Gowadia have determined it is necessary to enhance security procedures for passengers at certain last point of departure airports to the United States.”
No U.S. airline will be affected by this ban as none flies nonstop from the 10 cities throughout Africa and the Middle East that are included in the new security restrictions issued by the Department of Homeland Security.
Effective April 1, 2017, Norwegian Cruise Line is increasing their daily service charges to make it easy for guests to provide gratuities to key on board staff who provide superior guest service during the cruise, including their room steward, restaurant servers and behind-the-scenes support staff.
The new rates for all ships, except for Norwegian Sky are:
To better address the demands of the enormously successful all-inclusive product aboard Norwegian Sky, the new rates are:
All reservations made by March 31, 2017 can prepay the daily service charges at the current rate, if done prior to the sail date. Guests that have already prepaid their daily service charges are not affected by this change in policy.
Yesterday Royal Caribbean International announced a new policy change regarding their room service offerings. On all sailings, a fee of $7.95 per order for room service from the All-Day Menu and the American Section of the breakfast menu. Beginning March 27, 2017, this convenience fee will be imposed. This policy change with not effect guests booked in a Grand Suite stateroom or higher category, as room service will remain complimentary. In addition, guest may continue to order continental breakfast at no additional costs.
More information concerning Royal Caribbean’s room services changes can be viewed at this LINK.
On a recent flight between Beijing and Melbourne a passenger’s headphones caught fire during her flight. The female passenger had fallen asleep while listening to music and was suddenly awaken by an explosion. Luckily a flight attendant was able to put out the flames quickly and no other passengers were injured. The lone injured female passengers suffered injuries to her face and hand. An investigation is underway and there is speculation that batteries inside the headphones may have caught fire. Check out this incident at this LINK.
Today Emirates launched their new daily service from Newark Liberty International airport to the Greek capital city of Athens. Athens is a must-see destination on any European vacation. This ancient city offers a variety of accommodations, archaeological sites, museums, beautiful nearby islands to explore and fantastic food.
Emirates will operate a wide-body Boeing 777-300ER on the route, offering 8 seats in First, 42 seats in Business and 304 seats in Economy class. Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will offer high levels of comfort, with Emirates being the only airline on the route to offer private suites in First class.
After exploring Athens, you can easily connect to the Greek islands of Corfu, Santorini, Rhodes and Mykonos.
The best times of the year to visit Athens are spring and late fall.
Currently Americans can travel to European Union countries visa-free with relative ease, bar a couple of exceptions. However, this could change in the future. The European Parliament wants U.S. citizens to be required to apply for visas before traveling to Europe this summer.
The issue developed over the U.S. treatment of citizens from five (5) Eastern European countries, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania, who are part of European Union, but who are not allowed visa-free travel to the U.S. through the visa-waiver program.
The European Parliament continues to pressure the European Union to terminate the visa-waiver program and require Americans to apply for visas in retaliation.
Forcing Americans to obtain visas could impact tourism in Europe; especially during the busy summer season, which is why the European Commission says it is pursuing a resolution through diplomatic channels.
On June 15, 2017, European Union Commission officials will meet with the U.S. to discuss the issue. Hopefully, an agreement allowing for full “visa reciprocity” will be obtained before the summer travel season begins.